Shops & Designers

Shop & Tell

As we all know, since the closing of the Cross Stitch Cupboard, obtaining supplies for our embroidery has become increasingly difficult unless we go the online route.  The few stores out there aren’t particularly well advertised or necessarily visible.  Shopping via the internet can be a frustrating experience for touchy feely stitchers.   So if you are off to Toronto, Montreal, London, here is a list of some store we have tried. We hope you will share any sources you have found so we can add them to the website. ( with the exception of Traditional Stitches we have stayed with stores within a 1 day journey)  If you know of any stores in US border areas please let us know.



Canada Beading Supply

Owner and longstanding OVGS member Meredith has all of your beading needs covered.

8B-190 Colonnade Rd. South
Ottawa, ON Canada K2E 7J5



Wool Tyme,

190 Colonnade Rd S, Unit 2

Ottawa, ON



·         DMC, Anchor Wool, Kreinik, some charts and kits and some precut fabric.


     Dragon's Lair Beads

       10 Mill Street Almonte, Ont.



     Knowledge and Needles

    Owner Ann Mcdonald is a supplier of needlework charts & kits. Threads stocked include Carries Creations, Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colours,Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, Caron Collections, and Kreinik. Fabrics including linens and evenweaves. Store hours every Wed-Saturday 12-6pm from May to November.

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     Address: 190 Smith Street, Brighton Ont.

                     K0K 1H0

    Phone:  613-475-4843



     Ewe Knit

         832 Bloor Street West Toronto (Near Ossington Subway station)

       yarn, some stitching supplies and Appleton Crewel Wool.


Thread & Eye, London, Ont

964 Leathorne St, London, Ontario

(800) 608-7380

·         charts, beads, embellishments and accessories

·         lovely fabrics & lots of threads

·         Gentle Arts Sampler threads, Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colours, Kreinik, Caron Collection, Vikki Clayton hand dyed silks, Gloriana and of course DMC floss, pearl cottons and tapestry wool

Gitta’s  Mississauga, Ontario

271 Lakeshore Road East,
Fax: (905) 274-2194

·         Canvas, silk Gauze, Hand dyed fabrics, Crossed wing, Picture This Plus, Zweigart

·         Anchor, Appleton Tapestry & Crewel wool, Caron Collection, Crescent colors, Dinky Dyes, Gentle Art, Gloriana, Kreinik, Needlepoint Ink Silks, Paternayan, Rainbow Gallery, Rajmahal, Silk and Ivory, Thread Gatherer, Thread Worxs, Weeks Dye Works, , and of course DMC

Cindy’s, Needle Art, Richmond Hill/ Toronto

9078 Leslie Street Unit 9

Richmond Hill, Ontario


·         Canvas

·         Rainbow Gallery, Kreinik, Thread Gallery, River Silks, Gumnuts, Thread Worxs, Burmilana and others!



Trillium Lace

Owner & OVGS member Francesca stocks fine embroidery supplies, silk and DMC threads, stitching books. Also has large selection of lacemaking books, paraphernalia & threads. Shop visits by appointment only.

Phone: 819-772-4867

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mail:  122 Kent, Gatineau,Que

          J8X 3K6


 Magifil (no web site) Gatineau

317 Boul Saint-Joseph

Gatineau/Hull, QC.

(819) 595-3694

 ·         lots of fabrics, linen, huck,  ( though not much of the special dyed)

·         Some threads, DMC, Kreinik, some tapestry wool, odds and ends

Amitié et Passion, (Valleyfield, QUE   western outskirts of MTL)


NOTE: French Website and staff speak French only

 ·         Fabrics: Access Commodities, Kona, Telio, Zweigart, DMC, Westminster, Nordic needle, Wichelt

·         Coats, DMC, Edmar, Gutterman, Kreinik, Planet Heart, Soie d’Alger, Valdani, YLI

 Traditional Stitches, Calgary, Alberta



·         Appleton Tapestry & Crewel wool, Accentuate, Bijoux, Caron Collection, Classic Colorworks, Carries Creations, Dinky Dyes, DMC, Fine D’Aubusson, Gentle Art, Gilt Sylke Twist, Glissen Gloss, Gloriana, Kreinik, Londonderry, Needlepaints, Needlepoint Silk, Northern Lights, Painters Thread Rainbow Gallery, Soie D’Alger, Sullivans, Thread Gatherer, Trebizond twisted silk, Valdani, Weeks Dye Works, YLI Silk, Sulky

·         Metal Thread & Goldwork Supplies

  These two Canadian sites were for direct purchase of the silk and metallic threads brought to the Nov. meeting  ( you can also buy the metallic from Cindy’s needle arts and silks from the Thread and eye)

  Hand Dyed Fibres (beautiful silks)

 Dede Odgen Lacquered Jewels threads


 123 Stitch

Online shop sure to satisfy everyones needs. Bluffdale, UT

Bayeux Tapestry Shop, threads and patterns  

This embroidery stitch comes from the Norman and English tradition. It was used in the famous Bayeux Tapestry which is said done by queen Mathilda in the 11th century. This embroidery is roughly 76 yards long and listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman conquest of England by duke William and his men at Hastings on the 14th of October 1066.

Berlin Embroidery Designs

Tanja Berlin is the propriator, and a very helpful person. She deals in many of the traditional forms of needlework, Blackwork, Canvas work, Goldwork, Needlepainting, Jacobean, Shadow work, White work just to name a few. She sells her original designs as well as books, patterns, fibres, goldwork supplies and other stitching supplies. Calgary, AB

Button & Needlework Boutique

Find buttons, needlework supplies, books, supplies, ribbons, knitting yarns and accessories, and notions. Victoria, BC

The Crewel Work Company & Historic British Needlepoint

Based at Pembroke House, Appleby-in-Westmorland, near the beautiful English Lake District, the Crewel Work Company are crewel work specialists. Designer, tutor, author, Phillipa Turnbull researches designs in Castles and Country Houses throughout the UK to create crewel work kits in the style that she and her many followers enjoy. Phillipa uses a combination of design, materials and stitches, most of which embroiderers have enjoyed using for the past 400 years. She uses Appletons wools and specially made needles which perfectly suit The Crewel Work Company`s "Z" twist Jacobean Linen Twill, woven exclusively for Phillipa by a specialist historic textile weaver in Scotland.

Enchanting Lair

Enchanting Lair’s collection of beautiful hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics were created to enhance our designs. Our goal is to see our fabrics used on any special project you may wish to stitch, just use your imagination! Each piece of fabric has been washed in a rinse to remove the sizing , soaked in an activator and then either hand-painted , hand-dyed or immersed in a dye bath. Once the fabric has been cured over the next several days we have washed the fabric several times in hot water to remove any excess dye. After this process is complete the hand-dyed fabric is color-fast. North Bay, ON.

The Essamplaire   

The Essamplaire is a mail order business specializing in authentic reproduction sampler kits and charts. We research and study samplers from some of the world's finest textile collections, such as The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, The Textile Museum in St. Gallen, Switzerland and numerous others as well as from private collections.

Erica Wilson Needleworks

Erica Wilson is pleased to bring you her complete collection of over 70 needlework kits with many new designs in needlepoint, crewel and cross stitch. Nantucket, MA

Gary Clarke Designs

I am an Australian hand embroiderer specializing in designing needlework, such as candlewicking, whitework, six stranded cotton, silk and organza. 

Hand embroidery kits, featuring, organza embroidery, single strand silk and cotton embroidery, coloured soft cotton, and a range of books and teaching publications. Tasmania, Australia


Carries many of the usual products, including Vicky Clayton and Glorianna Silks. Gitta designs petit point charts. Her eskimo designs are quite popular. Mississauga, Ontario.

Long Dog Samplers  

Long Dog Samplers offers a limited but exclusive range of high quality cross-stitch charts created by Julia Line for experienced needle workers only.    The charts are competitively priced and feature many traditional themes. In addition we can undertake special commissions to produce charts to your design guides.   Please take time to visit our catalogues.

Northern Pine Designs

Carries charted canvaswork and cross-stitch designs. Many of the designer's themes are drawn from nature and the idea of windows is found throughout her work. The windows theme is echoed in Frosty Panes, Window on Trout Lake, Stained Glass, and a series of new teaching designs including Iris Stained Glass Window and Gothic Stained Glass. The nature themes include many designs of loons, pine trees, lakes and sunsets, snowflakes, butterflies and so on. Sudbury, Ont.

Sharon Lee Studio

Sharon Lee Studio sells hand -painted needlepoint canvases. Toronto, ON

Sue Hawkins Needleworks Counted Canvas and Crewel Embroidery

I do hope you like the embroideries and that you will find something that tempts you to give it a go! All the designs are available as kits and are counted canvaswork or crewel embroidery. You will also find upholstered embroidery frames and a range of accessories to go in your sewing box.   

That Bead Lady

Owned by Cathy Lampole, she will bend over backwards to help you. She stocks Japanese Miyuki Beads - size 12 and 15, Delicas - size 11. You can even convert Mill Hill Beads to her Delicas. Newmarket, ON

Traditional Stitches

Specializing in Samplers, Traditional Stitches also offers a wide variety of fibers. After reading a few articles, and attending a few meetings of the Deerely Wrought, Janice became completely enthralled with samplers. The rich history and context of samplers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries is spectacular. "I could study the intricacy of the stitches and complexity of the patterns for the rest of my life and never know it all,!" Calgary, Alberta.

Treenway Silks

Silk. Delicate, strong, dyed a thousand colours and woven into the fabric of history. Who can resist the lure of silk? Victoria, B.C.

Victoria Sampler

Thea Dueck - VS Founder / Designer Thea has achieved an international reputation for her exquisite sampler designs. She lives, designs and teaches out of her new studio in Sidney, B.C

Elaine's Favorites

Ever wondered where your LNS shops? Here are a few links to products available in the market. You won't find prices on any of these sites, as they are wholesale sites available to merchants only. However, these catalogues will give you insight into what products are available to you. Each site has a shop locator section. Enjoy!

Wholesale Distributors

H.A. Kidd

H. A. Kidd And Company Limited is all about products for the apparel and home dec, sewing market and for Crafters.

Hoffman Distributing Company Inc.

The World's Leading Cross-Stitch Book Distributor! You may search through the extensive collection by category, designer, keyword. You cannot purchase directly from Hoffman, but most needlework shops can. Hoffman carries Crescent Color cottons and silks.

Wichelt Imports

Distributor of Fine Needlework Fabricsand Accessories. I love their fabric section. Along with a photo of the fabric, Wichelt gives you a DMC colour to use as reference. They also stock banding in a variety of styles. In addition to fabric, they are the source for Mill Hill Beads, Permin of Copenhagen, Mirabilia and much more. You cannot purchase directly from Wichelt, however most fine needlework shops do.

Yarn Tree

This wholesaler carries everything from Aida To Zweigart--Yarn Tree is the source for cross stitch. 1,000's of products and patterns from your favorite designers.

Norden Crafts

Distributors of products from a number of quality needlework manufacturers around the world.

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